Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (1997).
A complex, superbly rendered, and wildly eccentric anime—even by Miyazaki’s own standards, this epic folk pageant, set in an exquisitely detailed 15th-century world of lava-lamp deities and teeming marketplaces, posits an apocalyptic pantheism in which endangered species turn demonic. The mystical Shinto premise is an agreeable jumble—but not understanding only adds to the pleasure.
Wed., Dec. 21, 9:35 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 22, 5:05 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 23, 1 & 9:40 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 24, 10:40 a.m. & 5:25 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 25, 4:55 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 26, 1 & 9:40 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 27, 10:40 a.m. & 5:25 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 21, 2011